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5 Dresses to Get You Through Your Summer Associate Job

Summer associates, we hear you: You want a few great outfits that will carry you through what is essentially a ten-week job interview during the sweatiest months of the year. The jeans you’ve been wearing to class won’t cut it, and the leftovers from your previous work wardrobe are just… no. Instead, you need a ​handful of ​pieces that pack well, stretch comfortably, and can handle air-conditioned offices and sweltering happy hours alike. Whether you’re in finance, law, or consulting, these five dresses will have you looking sleek and professional so you can keep your eye on the real goal—an offer come August.

1. The Grown-up Wrap Dress (The Casey in black)


The Casey dress in black.

‘70s glamour doesn’t always translate smoothly to workwear, but the Casey provides the same figure-flattering lines of a wrap dress without the awkwardness of, well, wrapping. The soft, forgiving fabric can straddle long flights, ​endless conferences, and client dinners with ease—plus you can hand-wash it. (Who’s got time to find a dry cleaner around here, anyway?)

2. The Textured Sheath (The Giovanna in sketch)

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The Giovanna dress in black-and-white sketch.

Black-and-white jacquard gives this streamlined dress some extra structure (also known as oomph). Bonus: It’s practically impervious to wrinkling.

3. The Sleeveless Wonder (The Aditi in smoke)

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The Aditi dress in smoke with the Statement scarf in lilac.

For days when it’s just too hot out there, this machine-washable piece will keep you cool under pressure (and at post-work rooftop cocktails).

4. The Fallback Dress (The Etsuko in ​black)

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The belted Etsuko dress in black.

You can’t remember if the clients you’re meeting today are business-casual or business-formal, you’ve been living out of a suitcase for two weeks straight, and how can it already be 8:30am? Enter the ​ever-polished​, always-appropriate Etsuko: One zip, and you’re good to go.

5. The Got-it-together Dress (The Caroline in aubergine)

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The Caroline dress in aubergine.

With a hip-skimming A-line skirt and subtle gathering that accentuates the waist, this dress is fun without being “fun.” ​(​Oh, and you can throw it in the laundry, too.​)​

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